Thaisa has played in the Women’s World Cup and Olympics. (Brad Smith, ISI Photos)
TINTON FALLS, N.J. – Sky Blue FC announced Wednesday it signed Brazilian midfielder Thaisa de Moraes Rosa Moreno.
Her signing is pending receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
Thaisa, as she is more commonly known, brings Women’s World Cup and Olympic experience to the National Women’s Soccer League club.
“Thaisa is a distinguished international with outstanding ability on both sides of the ball,” Sky Blue head coach Denise Reddy said in a statement. “Her experience and expertise as a midfield motor will be a huge addition to our roster.”
The 28-year-old Thaisa made her debut for the Brazil women’s national team in September 2013 in a 1-0 victory over New Zealand. She scored her first international goal that December in a 2-0 win past Chile. Thaisa has made 49 appearances and scored four goals for Brazil.
She played in her first Women’s World Cup in 2015 and made her Olympic debut in the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil.
“Needless to say, we are incredibly excited to have Thaisa coming to New Jersey,” Sky Blue FC president and general manager Tony Novo said in a press release. “She is an internationally accomplished player who will provide a huge boost as our roster continues to take shape for the 2018 season. Her leadership and style of play will be a tremendous addition to our team.”
A native of Xambrê, Brazil, Thaisa returns to the United States in 2018 after attending college stateside from 2007-2010. She attended Feather River College in California for two years before finishing at Florida International University in Miami.
She began her professional club career with Brazilian club Foz Cataratas in 2011 before winning the Campeonato Paulista with Ferroviária and the Campeonato Brasileiro de Futebol Feminino with Centro Olímpico in 2013. With three of her Brazil Women’s National Team stablemates, she then made the move to Sweden in January of 2014 to Tyresö FF of the top-level Damallsvenskan league, joining their national teammate and five-time FIFA women’s player of the year Marta.
Thaisa returned to Ferroviária later that year before performing with América Mineiro in Minas Gerais in 2015 with São José Esporte Clube the next year. She spent the 2017 season with Grindavík of Úrvalsdeild kvenna, the top-tier women’s soccer league in Iceland.